Recent Stories on Sparks

June 30, 2016
"I believe BRYTE to be an organization centered on radical love. On one level love means belief—a specific belief in young refugee students of color to change the world, maybe even to imagine a new world. On another level, love means breaking past common formulas—understanding the work and our role in it for what it is."

Ricardo Jaramillo is one of six coordinators of BRYTE (Brown Refugee Youth Tutoring & Enrichment), a program that pairs over 125 student tutors with refugee youth using a one-on-one, in-home tutoring model.

Ricardo Jaramillo '18
June 24, 2016
“The experience of running this program has changed the way I look at this issue dramatically… It’s taught me that rehabilitation is possible but extremely hard.”

Elena is a rising junior concentrating in Public Policy. She is also a participant of the TRI-Lab program, an initiative that brings together Brown students, faculty, and community practitioners to engage with complex social issues and develop solutions to these issues. The inspiration for the following story comes from the spring 2016 TRI-Lab, "Designing Education for Prison Health," which attempts to design better resources for health education within the criminal justice system.

Elena Weissmann '18
June 20, 2016

Methma is a Volunteer Representative for Swearer Tutoring and Enrichment in Math and Sciences (STEMS). As a VR, Methma helps plan weekly meetings for the tutors, which are intended to provide Brown tutors with tools to work more effectively, through tutoring skills, knowledge of current education policy, discussions on the role of a tutor in a classroom, or information about the Providence Public School system. She is currently tutoring in a physics class.

Methma Udawatta ‘16
June 14, 2016
When Foreclosure Sparks a Movement

Part 2: Malchus Mills

Roline Burgison and Malchus Mills have struggled to find stability in their gentrifying city of Providence. Foreclosed on and forced out of their homes, they came upon the Tenants and Homeowners' Association at DARE (Direct Action for Rights and Equality), which fights to keep families in their homes, educates tenants about their rights, and organizes on a state-wide level to protect low-income communities of color from the injustice of displacement. Roline and Malchus found a home in and through DARE's activism.

Isabel Debre, Storyteller for Good
June 14, 2016

Providence is home to one of the most established slam communities in the country—a vibrant network of poets and artists who gather under the banner of the Providence Poetry Slam.

ProvSlam Youth, which mentors and support emerging poets, amplifies young voices and transforms lives by “equipping those who have stories with the means to tell them.”

And one young poet--who goes by the name of Sin Seven-- is on a winning streak.

He’s won every youth competition he’s been in this year, earning him a spot on the five-person team representing Providence (and the state of Rhode Island) in the Brave New Voices international slam poetry competition in Washington, DC this July.

But there was a time when he didn't always win...

Jack Brook, Storyteller for Good
June 14, 2016
When Foreclosure Sparks a Movement

Part 1: Roline's Story

Roline Burgison and Malchus Mills have struggled to find stability in their gentrifying city of Providence. Foreclosed on and forced out of their homes, they came upon the Tenants and Homeowners' Association at DARE (Direct Action for Rights and Equality), which fights to keep families in their homes, educates tenants about their rights, and organizes on a state-wide level to protect low-income communities of color from the injustice of displacement. Roline and Malchus found a home in and through DARE's activism. 

Isabel Debre, Storyteller for Good
June 13, 2016

Lauren Maunus '19 is starting a bold new venture.

Its goal: To help eliminate food waste and bring healthy, affordable food to "food swamps" in Rhode Island and beyond.

Nitya Amalean, Storyteller for Good
June 13, 2016
"I think about opening my mouth to call out goodbye, or to salute her in a traditional sign language farewell. Instead, I stand silently and smile."

Sally Hosokawa is a Community Fellow for Writers’ Group, a Swearer Center Community Program that facilitates creative writing workshops for adults with developmental disabilities. She studies literary translation in the Comparative Literature Department.

Sally Hokosawa
June 12, 2016

Monica Muñoz Martinez, Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnic Studies at Brown University, started the Refusing to Forget Project (RFP) with colleagues as a way to study, share, and memorialize the history of state-sanctioned anti-Mexican violence in her home state of Texas--a history she never learned growing up. RFP's recent exhibit, "Life and Death on the Border 1910-1920," works to reckon with violence, recover contributions of civil rights activism, and spark a much-needed public dialogue about the way we remember America's dark chapters. 

Isabel Debre, Storyteller for Good
June 9, 2016
"I felt inspired by the participants because so much work was done in such a short amount of time with people they just met."

Morgan Brown '16 is a co-founder and co-leader of the Changemaker Collective. Previously she was a student ambassador for the Social Innovation Initiative. She was awarded the Brown Venture Fellowship in 2015 for her venture Gazella, an online system for customized all-natural hair care products. After her fellowship she served as a mentor for the current fellows. She is a Science and Society concentrator with a focus in cognitive neuroscience.

Morgan Brown '16
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